Category: September 2016

Senate Transportation Committee Passes Drone Legislation

The State of Michigan Senate Transportation Committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 992 last week. The legislation allows a person authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate unmanned aerial systems (aka drones) for commercial purposes in a manner consistent with the authorization. The legislation also bars local municipalities from enacting ordinances that regulate drone… read more

House Votes to Open Legislative, Governor Records

Legislation expanding the Freedom of Information Act to mostly open up legislative and the governor’s documents passed the Michigan House of Representatives. The 10-bill package mostly ended the exemption the governor has always had from the Freedom of Information Act and created the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) that declares what records of the Legislature… read more

U.S. Senate Commerce Committee: FCC Oversight Hearing Recap

Last week, the Senate Commerce Committee held a three-hour oversight hearing of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with all five Commissioners present. Below is a quick recap from the NAB of the broadcast-relevant issues that arose during the committee. Set Top Box (STB):  Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) criticized the… read more

Associate Member Highlight: WTHS-FM (Hope College)

WTHS 89.9 FM started as a science experiment in 1956 when students Richard Brockmeier and Jack Hellriegel transmitted a signal from their dorm room through the wiring of the then new Kollen Hall on the Hope College campus. Today, WTHS, “The Voice of Hope College,” celebrates 60 years of broadcasting along the lakeshore from Grand… read more

Traffic Director Spotlight: Fran Campbell, WHMI-FM (Howell)

Nominate a Traffic Director you know!  Email Jamie White at [email protected] Fran Campbell is Traffic Director for WHMI-FM in Howell.   Fran has been in traffic for 30 years! Q1: What is your favorite comfort food? Fran: Bacon cheeseburger with “the works.” Q2: Which Superhero would you be, and why? Fran:  Superman. I would love to fly. Q3: When I’m… read more

WSAQ’s Chuck Santori Raises $125,000 with Roofsit 2016!

WSAQ-FM (Port Huron) (Q Country 107) Program Director and Morning Personality Chuck Santori camped out on top of the Birchwood Mall in Port Huron last week, Sunday through Friday (9/18-23), in order to raise funds for St. Clair County Child Abuse/Neglect Council, which provides prevention programs for kids and raises awareness about child abuse. Santori… read more

Nexstar-Media General Merger Delayed by FCC

Broadcasting and Cable has reported (9/15) that Nexstar Broadcasting’s $4.6 billion purchase of Media General is on hold pending the conclusion of the current spectrum auction.  The MAB previously reported that the Department of Justice approved the merger with the requirement that Nexstar sell seven television stations in six markets, all outside Michigan. However, the FCC has… read more

WXMI-TV Names Hutton New Lead Sports Anchor

WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) has named Jason Hutton the new lead sports anchor for the station.  Hutton has been with the station for ten years and takes over the position from Mitch Fick, who left the station in early September. Hutton will serve as the main sports personality on the station’s weekday evening and night newscasts.  He… read more